The Global E-waste Monitor 2017: quantities, flows, and resources

India generated nearly 2 million tonnes of electronic waste last year, of the 44.7 million tonnes produced globally reveals this new report released by the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union.

Electronic waste poses ‘growing risk’ to environment, human health, UN report warns. The Global E-Waste Monitor 2017 highlights increasing levels of e-waste and its improper and unsafe treatment and disposal through burning or at dumpsites. The growing volume of electronic waste, including discarded products with a battery or plug, such as mobile phones, laptops, televisions, refrigerators and electrical toys, poses a major threat to the environment and human health, the United Nations warned. Environmental protection is one of the three pillars of sustainable development […] E-waste management is an urgent issue in today’s digitally dependent world, where use of electronic devices is ever increasing. The Global E-Waste Monitor 2017, released by ITU, the UN University (UNU) and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), highlights increasing levels of e-waste and its improper and unsafe treatment and disposal through burning or at dumpsites.

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